We’ve been big fans of Don Ciccio (pronounced “Chitcho”) ever since it moved here four years ago. The main draw is the hearty, tasty Sicilian trattoria fare, but the lively atmosphere and friendly service always make for a fun evening out. On summer nights, the three outdoor veranda tables are in hot demand, despite being right at sidewalk level. Don Ciccio remains as popular now as it was in 2007, when we featured it in this column. You’ll need to reserve well ahead.
There’s no mistaking what Marzac has to offer. If the cheerful sign showing silhouettes of a pig, a sheep, a duck and a dancing rooster aren’t enough, then the English slogan underneath will do the trick: ” ‘Confit’ and wine make us happy.” It’s a great combination, even if, strictly speaking, the meat is just straight charcoal-grilled, not prepared as confit. No mistake with the wine, though: The walls are lined with bottles, starting from a very reasonable ¥2,400.
If you prefer a mellower setting with wholesome cooking, then head a couple of doors down to Gaya. This quiet basement dining bar serves up wholesome izakaya tavern fare, but made with organic veggies and all strictly additive-free. There’s plenty on the menu for vegetarians and also for fans of unprocessed foods, premium regional sake and biodynamic wine.
Don Ciccio, 2-3-6 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku; (03) 3498-1828; open 6 p.m.-1 a.m. (last order midnight); closed Sun. Marzac, 2-2-3 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku; (03) 6418-5063; www.rashiku.biz/marzac; open 11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m (Mon.-Fri) and 6 p.m.-4 a.m.; Sun. and hols 5-11 p.m. Gaya, 2-2-5 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku; (03) 3498-8810; reservations 0066-9678-79619; r.gnavi.co.jp/g353000; open 11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. (except Sun.) and 5:30 p.m.-midnight; Sun. 5:30-11:30 p.m.